Star Trek TNG Season 6 & “Chain of Command” Blu-rays: Full Breakdown

CBS have just sent TrekCore a copy of the full press release detailing the contents of the upcoming releases of Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 and Star Trek: The Next Generation - "Chain of Command" on Blu-ray.

Here's the press release reproduced in its entirety:

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LATEST COLLECTION OF ICONIC SERIES ARRIVES IN STUNNING HIGH DEFINITION

STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION
THE SIXTH SEASON BLU-RAY
And
CHAIN OF COMMAND BLU-RAY

Packed With Exclusive, Must-Watch Special Features Including New Interviews, Deleted Scenes And Gag Reel

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (April 3, 2014) – The newest high-definition collections of the iconic sci-fi series, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION® – THE SIXTH SEASON BLU-RAY and STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION® – CHAIN OF COMMAND BLU-RAY arrive June 3 from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution. Both collections feature a trove of newly produced material that unlock secrets to the Star Trek® universe, including a special three-part documentary on the sixth season and a never-before-released gag reel.

STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION – THE SIXTH SEASON BLU-RAY includes all 26 episodes of the penultimate season, remastered into spectacular high-definition. Fans can dive into the sixth season of the series with a brand new, three-part documentary “Beyond the Five Year Mission – The Evolution of Star Trek: The Next Generation” featuring fascinating interviews with cast and crew. Plus, fans will enjoy never-before-released commentary on select episodes from Ronald D. Moore, James L. Conway, Jonathan West, and Mike and Denise Okuda, along with a must-see gag reel.

The sixth season collection includes classic episodes such as Brent Spiner’s dual performance as Data and his father Dr. Noonien Soong in “Birthright,” the critically acclaimed two-part episode “Chain of Command,” Riker (Jonathan Frakes) coping with a bizarre identity crisis that pits him quite literally against himself in “Second Chances,” and James Doohan reprising his Original Series role as Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott in “Relics.”

STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION – CHAIN OF COMMAND BLU-RAY is a feature-length presentation of the two-part sixth season episode. As a possible Cardassian attack looms, Captain Picard, Dr. Crusher and Worf embark on a secret mission to find and destroy suspected biological weapons, leaving the Enterprise under the leadership of the cold and demanding Captain Edward Jellico (Ronny Cox). Soon after, Picard is captured by the Cardassians and is brutally tortured for information. The crew’s dismay quickly turns to anger as Jellico’s plans exclude a rescue mission. With his options running out, Picard must fight to save his sanity and ultimately his life.

Ranked by Entertainment Weekly as one of the best episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Chain of Command” is also lauded for its “eerily prescient” (Slate) depictions of torture. Along with exclusive audio commentary with Ronny Cox, Jonathan West and Mike and Denise Okuda, the Blu-ray also features the newly-produced documentary “The Privilege of Rank: Making ‘Chain of Command.’”

STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION – THE SIXTH SEASON BLU-RAY will be available in 1080p with English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English Stereo Surround, French Stereo Surround, German Stereo Surround, Castilian Mono, Italian Mono, and Japanese Mono. The six-disc collection also includes English SDH, and French, German, Castilian, Italian, Japanese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish subtitles. The Blu-ray is Not Rated in the U.S. and rated PG in Canada. It will be available for the suggested retail price of $130.00 U.S. and $150.00 Canada. The disc breakdown is as follows:

Disc One:
Episodes

Special Features

  • Archival Mission Log: Mission Overview Year Six (SD)
  • Audio Commentary with Ronald D. Moore and Mike & Denise Okuda on “Relics” – NEW!
  • Deleted Scenes (HD): "Time's Arrow, Part II" and "Relics"
  • Episodic Promos
    • Promo #1 (SD)
    • Promo #2 (SD)
    • Promo #3 (SD)
    • Promo #4 (SD)
    • Promo #5 (SD)

Disc Two: 
Episodes

Special Features

  • Archival Mission Log: Bold New Directions (SD)
  • Archival Mission Log: Departmental Briefing Year Six: Production (SD)
  • Archival Mission Log: Departmental Briefing Profile: Dan Curry (SD)
  • Deleted Scene (HD) – NEW!: "True Q"
  • Episodic Promos
    • Promo #1 (SD)
    • Promo #2 (SD)
    • Promo #3 (SD)
    • Promo #4 (SD)

Disc Three: 
      Episodes

Special Features

  • Archival Mission Log: Special Crew Profile: Lt. Cmdr. Data (SD)
  • Deleted Scenes (HD) – NEW!: "Ship in a Bottle", "Face of the Enemy"
  • Episodic Promos
    • Promo #1 (SD)
    • Promo #2 (SD)
    • Promo #3 (SD)
    • Promo #4 (SD)
    • Promo #5 (SD)

Disc Four: 
      Episodes

Special Features

  • Archival Mission Log: Select Historical Data (SD)
  • Audio Commentary with Ronald D. Moore and Mike & Denise Okuda on “Tapestry” – NEW!
  • Deleted Scenes (HD) – NEW!: "Tapestry", "Birthright, Part II"
  • Episodic Promos
    • Promo #1 (SD)
    • Promo #2 (SD)
    • Promo #3 (SD)
    • Promo #4 (SD)
    • Promo #5 (SD)

Disc Five: 
      Episodes

Special Features

  • Archival Mission Log: Inside Starfleet Archives: Sets and Props (SD)
  • Audio Commentary with James L. Conway and Jonathan West on “Frame of Mind” – NEW!
  • Deleted Scenes (HD) – NEW!: "The Chase", "Rightful Heir"
  • Episodic Promos
    • Promo #1 (SD)
    • Promo #2 (SD)
    • Promo #3 (SD)
    • Promo #4 (SD)
    • Promo #5 (SD)

Disc Six: 
      Episodes

Special Features

  • Beyond the Five Year Mission – The Evolution of Star Trek: The Next Generation (HD) NEW!
  •             Part 1: The Lithosphere
  •             Part 2: The Biosphere
  •             Part 3: The Noosphere
  • Gag Reel (HD) – NEW!
  • Episodic Promos
    • Promo #1 (SD)
    • Promo #2 (SD)

STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION – CHAIN OF COMMAND BLU-RAY will be available in 1080p with English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English Stereo Surround, German Stereo Surround, and French Stereo Surround. The collection also includes English SDH, German, and French subtitles. The Blu-ray is Not Rated in the U.S. and rated PG in Canada. It will be available for the suggested retail price of $28.28 U.S. and $32.00 Canada. The disc breakdown is as follows:

Special Features

  • The Privilege of Rank: Making “Chain of Command” (HD) – NEW!
  • Audio Commentary with Ronny Cox, Jonathan West and Mike & Denise Okuda – NEW!
  • Deleted Scenes (HD) – NEW!
  • Episodic Promos
    • Part 1
    • Part 2

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Some further notes and observations on the press release:

  • An initial glance indicates that Season 5's quartet of audio commentaries has been reduced to a trio this season, with newly recorded commentaries focusing on the stand-out episodes "Relics", "Tapestry" and "Frame of Mind". While it isn't mentioned in this press release, we've been led to believe there is also a commentary in the pipeline for "Starship Mine" with writer Morgan Gendel. We're attempting clarify the situation with CBS and will update the article as soon as we have an answer!
    UPDATE: Unfortunately the press release is correct on this one. While the VAM team and Morgan had hoped to record a commentary for "Starship Mine", a tight deadline made it impossible. Sorry folks!

  • Roger Lay, Jr. and Robert Meyer Burnett had originally hoped to film a reunion of famous TNG directors for this season set, but scheduling conflicts made it impossible for the deadline. As a result, the documentary has been expanded from two to three parts, giving ample time to cover the launch of Deep Space Nine during TNG's sixth season as well as focus on some eagerly awaited guest stars (Whoop whoop!)

  • Season 6's deleted scenes are set to wow the crowd with a smorgasbord of never-before-seen TNG goodness spread across the set. Scenes from "True Q" and (the oft-discussed scene from) "Relics" have already been teased in the trailer earlier this year, but expect plenty of surprises to come! Yet again CBS have opted to make the deleted scenes from the standalone disc exclusive to that release. This is a crying shame - the scenes uncovered from "Chain of Command" are superb and deserve to be shared with all loyal fans, not just those lucky enough to live in an area where they can buy these special single discs.

Season 6 and Chain of Command will be released in the United States and Canada on June 3, while Season 6 will see a UK release slightly later on June 16.

While fans in Germany and Australia will be lucky enough to see a "Chain of Command" release in their respective countries, others will have to turn to Amazon US to pick up the disc. "Chain of Command can ordered from Amazon US safe in the knowledge that the region-free disc is fully compatible with your Blu-ray player and should fall under any import duty threshold.

So what are you waiting for? Pre-order your copies of Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 6 and Chain of Command on Blu-ray at Amazon using the links below. We'll have a whole more on these two much-anticipated releases soon, including some extra special behind-the-scenes features in the works that we're very excited to release!

Order Star Trek:
TNG - Season 6
on Blu-ray
today!



Order TNG's
"Chain of Command"
on Blu-Ray
today!

  • James G.

    Any word yet on missing film footage?

    • Rob Parks

      There is probably none because we probably would had known by now I think. Have not heard of any to speak of.

      • Mike C.

        Surely they’ve been through all the cans at this point.

        • trekcore

          No word, I don’t normally discover these things until last minute. A few sources have said it’s “complete”, but I haven’t been able to verify it.

    • bytes

      Would like to know as well.

      • bytes

        Actually, I’d like to know if they’ve ever found any of the previous missing footage from the released sets. And if they just kept hush about it. ;)

        • hypnotoad72

          It’d be nice to know, even if the episodes aren’t fully repatriated. A lot of work went into making and storing the films. It’s sad to know some scenes are seemingly gone forever, even if the amount known to be lost is remarkably small.

          At least it’s not what the folks at the BBC did… (based on a business cost decision, they chucked TONS of TV episodes, for which tons of those are still lost. For more information, consult any fan of “Doctor Who”…)

  • bbock

    I really despise the double dipping by putting features only on the Chain of Command disc. Not falling for it. While I appreciate the time and attention this great series is getting by CBS, they really should treat their customers with some respect and not double dip like that.

    • SpaceCadet

      I agree. I say that every time one of those stand-alone releases come out. There are so relatively few audio commentary tracks on the season sets that there is no reason why they can’t include one additional one (or two) plus the additional deleted scenes.

    • http://www.trekcore.com/ TrekCoreStaff

      Regarding the standalone discs — while we’ve expressed our disappointment about the “Chain of Command” deleted scenes being exclusive to the disc, it’s important to understand that the rest of the disc’s features (and the other standalones) are additional content to the season sets, not things being held back. VAM producer Robert Meyer Burnett had this to say (regarding the BOBW disc) when we interviewed him last year:

      “CBS wisely decided to make [BOBw] a stand-alone release available to hopefully attract new customers, suddenly there’s a new budget, and money allocated to create a product which didn’t previously exist.

      So Roger and I jump all over that and CBS gave us a budget which allowed us to create a new commentary and half-hour documentary which wouldn’t otherwise exist. Which adds to the overall value of the single-disc BEST OF BOTH WORLDS movie.

      Fans need to understand nothing was taken away from the individual season discs…because the BOBW doc wasn’t a part of that. Our Season Three VAM is absolutely the best we could have possibly done with our budget. CBS could have decided to release a vanilla BOBW disc, but we’re like… HEY! WAIT A MINUTE! Can we do some more VAM? To CBS’s credit, they agreed.”

      http://trekcore.com/blog/2013/03/enterprise-s1-blu-ray-best-buy-retailer-exclusive-vam/

  • Mark Benjamin David

    where’s the movie theater event? I went to the first 3 and have seen no info. on more, and I heard they were successful, so what gives?? …only thing is, I’d prefer Time’s Arrow on the big screen over Chain of Command (by a long shot), I thought Time’s Arrow was the best 2-parter of the series outside of Best of Both Worlds.

    • http://www.trekcore.com/ TrekCoreStaff

      We loved the screenings too, but unfortunately they were discontinued after the third season.

  • SpaceCadet

    I hate to be a complainer but I’m a bit disappointed with the VAM for this release. I thought there were going to be 5 audio commentaries and now we’re down to 3, although that may be boosted to 4. That’s still a relatively low proportion to a 26 episode season, and on in which there were so many excellent episodes. Still sucks that we have yet to have an actor provide commentary, and people other than the usual suspects like the Okudas and Ron Moore, as good as they are. Frame of Mind is at least an exception. I was secretly hoping for more of Seth McFarlane. No roundtable featurette is also a downer but I understand the logistics. The deleted footage is exciting though. Regardless, this set is a must-buy to get so many great episodes in HD.

    • http://www.trekcore.com/ TrekCoreStaff

      Please note our update today, above: “While the VAM team and Morgan had hoped to record a commentary for “Starship Mine”, a tight deadline made it impossible. “

      • Stephen

        Good grief, how on earth can an audio commentary miss a deadline? Don’t they just sit there and yack for 45mins? That’s all I want from a commentary, great shame not to have it on Starship Mine; one of the best bottle shows!

        • http://www.trekcore.com/ TrekCoreStaff

          It’s likely the commentary recording couldn’t be scheduled before the required deadline due to individual commitments of the participants.

          • Justin Olson

            A commentary for “Ship in a Bottle” with Rene Echevarria or Alexander Singer and “Timescape” with Brannon Braga or Adam Nimoy would have been super cool. I wonder if either of those had been put on the short list for commentaries and if any of those people had been approached? In any case, I’m grateful they’re able to do whatever they can. Looking forward to owning these blu-rays!

          • archer9234

            It puzzles me. Why isn’t the commentaries planned in advanced? It’s not like the watchers have to use the HD remastering. Stick in the SD print and record when they’re available. Most of the time, no one is commenting on the HD work.

          • hypnotoad72

            “comms”? Oh, “commentaries”…

        • hypnotoad72

          I will concede, to hear about “Starship Mine” and how it was TNG’s first attempt to try to be a big-action big-screen brainless blowout in turning Picard into John McClane, which in turn captured the writers and producers for the TNG movies… :(

  • MJ

    Trekcore,

    Any more news on when they are going to start on the DS9 remastering? It seems like the steam is running out of the TNG remastering, as it is taking much longer for them to complete the last two seasons versus the earlier seasons, right?

    • Chris915

      It’s only appearing to take longer because CBS Digital is doing the 3 final seasons… one has to look at season 5, 6 and 7 as the time between seasons 1 and 3 and then 3 and 5… since 2 was outsourced, as well as season 4.

      5, 6 and 7 are all being done by CBS Digital, who also did seasons 1 and 3.

    • mjdavid

      I was worried about this as well, however I’d rather wait longer than have CBS-D outsource any of DS9. I had no problems with TNG S-4, however S-2 had some noticeable issues. Consistency should be key. I keep waiting for the slightest bit of news on DS9, even a teaser disc, and maybe now that ENT is essentially done CBS can split focus again. As long as there’s no more outsourcing I’m fine with waiting.

      • hypnotoad72

        TNG S4 was definitely done better, but S2’s problems were immense (though, interestingly, a flaw in the original “Time Squared” was fixed proper on the Blu-Ray!)

        I’d rather see S2 re-done in-house first, as a special edition, even if it means double-dipping. CBS’ staff didn’t goof up on S2 – the outsourced vendor did. TNG deserved no less than the best…

    • http://www.trekcore.com/ TrekCoreStaff

      Chris915’s explanation is correct; the “delay” is only apparent because there’s not another FX house putting out a season in between CBS-D’s releases.

      As for DS9… there’s no news on that yet. There’s still plenty of work yet to be done to get TNG Season 7 completed, and that’s where CBS-D’s work is focused.

    • MJ

      Thanks guys for the explanation. Hope to get DS9 Season 1 Blu-Ray in 2015 !!!

  • pittrek

    This is amazing. I absolutely LOVE deleted scenes and from the description it looks like I’m going to be very happy in this season :-)

    It’s nice to see that the TNG blus are done by people who actually LOVE TNG :-)

  • danielcw

    German fans are happy to not get a botchered 5.1 Upmix like on the DVDs :)

  • trek

    CBS if you don’t release the other 2 parters you really would let me down!!! If you will just release it in a movie collection set all loyal fans who bought the single discs will be punished!!

    • Marc

      You can count on that, the set will come!
      It’s what they did since VHS-times, so why would they change that now?

      • trek

        The set itself is fine, bring it! But If fans want the not single released films the have to buy the set and with it all films they already have if they loyalty bought them! Times Arrow is/was available on VHS too by the way. WHY in gods name do they bring it out on VHS and on this huge blu ray remastering project they don’t??

  • hypnotoad72

    I don’t mind double-dipping, but I do wish these sets would have kept it at 4 episodes per disc – the reduced compression would yield even more picture quality.

    • archer9234

      You only lose 6Mbps. 17Mbps to 23Mbps is basically not noticeable. Unless you project.

  • The Bandsaw Vigilante

    Ronny Cox is going to be heard on the “Chain” audio commentary track? Very nice. Great to see them getting some interesting participants on these.

  • pittrek

    Moved to July 21st :-(